Friday, May 18, 2012
Even though I gave notice more than two months ago, my position just posted on Wednesday. Job searches in higher education are as slow and boring as watching paint dry, but now my departure is really happening! I'll still be gainfully employed for a while, but will work 100% from home, until I have to go into the office to train my successor, which I anticipate won't be until late July or August. Without classes, meetings, students, and the like, summers tend to be slow, so getting my work done at home, on my own schedule, shouldn't be too much of a burden. The upside is still earning my paycheck and benefits while getting much more Mason time. It's a win-win situation! And, I hope that this setup will help to ease my transition--that everyone keeps telling me may be difficult--into stay-at-home mommyhood.
Strangely, I don't feel sad at leaving my first baby, the undergraduate honors program I've worked with for nearly 12 years. I've had a long, fruitful run there. I gave it my all. But now I'm ready to move on. Yes, come late August, when the school year begins, I do expect to feel a void. The emails will cease and my responsibility will be over. Thursdays won't be class days any longer. No one will call me Dr., unless I can teach Mason to say Dr. Mommy. Huh. That's something to consider.
Since earning my PhD, I've considered leaving my current job a couple of times. But I could never bring myself to do it because I always felt as though I would be giving up too much, that the offer on the table wasn't quite good enough in terms of salary, benefits, schedule, or responsibilities. But now, I am leaving my perfectly good gig to spend my days working for no salary and benefits, no paid vacation, and no time off at all. I'll be working around the clock for a demanding little dude, who can sometimes be a real grouch.
I couldn't be happier! My, how love changes your priorities.